[The following article includes SPOILERS from The Walking Dead's “The Next World,” which aired Sunday, February 21. Read at your own peril.]
Sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead was easily one of the most uplifting to date. It felt like having lunch in a new friend's community, only to feel that something is more than a little off underneath the normal facade — given that you consider zombies and the constant threat of starvation "off" because that's probably just another Sunday to some.
Sure, a little trouble was caused, some shenanigans played out, but ultimately fans were left with a pretty warm feeling, and it's all thanks to Rick and Michonne.
In addition to Carl (Chandler Riggs) demonstrating the wise ways of his 16-year-old soul once again, new guy Jesus (Tom Payne) kept Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus), on their toes. But, most interestingly, Rick and Michonne snuggled up on the couch with Judith's baby monitor and made out. Later, they did more than make out. Needless to say, fans are equal parts ecstatic and shocked, R+M are basically a married couple, and the show just got a lot more intriguing.
"I had a pretty good inkling something was coming soon between the characters, but when I read it I was still kind of surprised. There was something surprising seeing those names on the page doing that. Seeing it in writing was like, 'Whoaaaa!' I was kind of thrown."
Gurira went on to explain why the hookup between Rick and Michonne had built up:
"In terms of everything: their mutual connection to Carl, the way she trusts him and he trusts her, the way they can talk to each other with a glance, they work really closely together — it was something that was definitely building over the course of the seasons. We felt these characters had a very interesting connection, but it was in the realm of friendship until it wasn’t. I think the timing is really perfect because the last episode they bonded even more deeply as a result of what happened and almost losing Carl. They seamlessly worked as a team to save him and get him to Denise. It was really clear to me how much [Michonne] loved both [Rick and Carl]."
When the lives and times of our protagonists are illustrated this way, it's a lot easier to see how everything played out.
Now please excuse us as we get right back to the unexpected bliss that is "Rick and Michonne." Let's just hope this prediction doesn't become reality.